Hello! I was in a similar situation, perhaps.
I first took (and passed in 75 questions) the NCLEX ten years ago. Because my RN license was inactive for five years, I was required to retake the NCLEX in order to restore my license to active status.
It had been a while since I studied all this stuff -- I graduated from nursing school
in 1998 -- so I was kind of nervous about it. But I used Saunders, and tried to do 100 questions a day, and found that it really did all come back.
I retook the NCLEX last Friday, and passed -- again with 75 questions. I am probably one of the few people out there who has taken and passed that test twice
I do think it is harder than it was 10 years ago, but I think it can still be passed by anyone who can get through nursing school! Obviously, it is important to know the material, but I think it is also important to know the test -- exactly what the question is asking, how the possible answers are worded, and hints one can gain from the words that are used.
Best of luck to you!